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BEYOND MOLASSES CREEK
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THE INHERITANCE OF BEAUTY
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SAVING CICADAS
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A HUNDRED YEARS OF HAPPINESS
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TROUBLE THE WATER
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THE SPIRIT OF SWEETGRASS
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books - The Inheritance of Beauty

The Inheritance of Beauty by Nicole SeitzHonors/Awards

SIBA Book Award Nominee

2012 SIBA Book Award Nominee!

She Reads Book Club Selection for March 2011!

Pulpwood Queens April 2011 Bonus Book Selection!

Books-a-Million May 2011 Faithpoint
Book-of-the-Month!


Advance praise for The Inheritance of Beauty

The Inheritance of Beauty is an illuminating story that juxtaposes youth and old age, innocence and guilt and the murky depths of memory brightened by the piercing light of truth. Nicole Seitz is a fresh voice in fiction.

Mary Alice Monroe, NY Times author of The Butterfly's Daughter

A tender tale of childhood secrets and lifelong ties, from a skilled writer who understands the beauty of enduring love. George and Maggie will make you want to learn your own family stories!

Lisa Wingate, National Bestselling author of Larkspur Cove and The Summer Kitchen

In The Inheritance of Beauty, Seitz has skillfully brought life, depth, and beauty to an often forgotten part of society, reminding readers of the power in strong bonds of love and friendship, the weight of memory and childhood, and the significance of reckoning with the past. Through the voices of an intimate group of individuals brought together in an elderly center, a haunting story unfolds with striking fluidity and the underlying presence of spirituality. Seitz has weaved into the lines of this moving page-turner a mysterious tale of healing, wrought with a sweet touch of southern warmness that truly speaks to the soul.

Noni Carter, author of Good Fortune

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From Huffington Post
"for those who want to be captured by colorful characters and a challenging plot The Inheritance of Beauty should not be missed...This book gives us pause as we consider the road ahead, and it also makes us thankful for the world we have today. Any story that causes that much reflection is one to be appreciated."

Jackie K. Cooper, Huffington Post, 3/1/2011

From Deep South Magazine
"An enchanting story about age and beauty, and the blessings and curses of each, Seitz’s “Inheritance of Beauty” ... follows in the footsteps of her other titles in giving the reader a deep, spiritual experience blended with excellent storytelling.

"At times heartwrenching, 'The Inheritance of Beauty' also manages to be funny and hopeful. For anyone who has an aging parent, grandparent or friend, this book will make you think twice about what you do and say the next time you visit them. Seitz wants us to remember that women with gray hair and wrinkles were once beautiful and men with thinning heads of hair and walkers used to be handsome and charming, and even though they’ve gotten older and may not be able to say things as articulately as they once were, they still have a voice. And it’s our job to listen."

Reviewed by Erin Z. Bass, 3/15/2011

From Dew on the Kudzu
"What a lovely story...While this book has a big mystery and hidden hurts that slowly become known as the story goes along, the lasting love and companionship that lead three boys to protect one small girl, at their own personal loss, for over 70 years is joyful to read."

From ChristianBookPreviews.com
Nicole Seitz’s The Inheritance of Beauty is a story of restoration and healing. George Jacobs’s world is collapsing again. George knows he needs to make peace with his past before he dies, and the only way to do that is to go back to the town he’d hoped never to see again. Psalms 71:20 fits this book: “Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up” (NIV).

Different characters narrate the book at different points, and the narratives are a combination of flashbacks and current episodes. Each character has a strong voice, and the author brings everything together in a comprehensive whole at the very end, masterfully tying up the loose ends in a bittersweet manner. A single most unforgettable experience is difficult to identify; Seitz grabs the reader by the heart at the beginning of the book and doesn’t let go until the end.

... George is funny, but his love for Maggie is breathtakingly powerful. He and the other characters in the book become real people, and their story is utterly captivating from beginning to end.

This book has the potential to become a literary favorite. Women teenaged and older will love it, though it is not strictly “chick lit.” Those looking for a well-written book with three-dimensional characters and a spectacular message should add this book to their to-read lists.

– Becky Blomenberg, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com


4-Stars from Romantic Times BookReviews Magazine
"This beautifully engaging story is sure to please inspie readers. Told through alternating points of view in the present and 1929, the tale unfolds beautifully and is a gorgeous picture of love and family."

"A very different story is told by Nicole Seitz in The Inheritance of Beauty ($14.99, Thomas Nelson) in a nursing home where childhood sweethearts Maggie and George share seventy years of marriage and a dark secret which is awakened when a mysterious new resident moves in. His identity haunts them and seems to be more than a coincidence with an unexplained arrival of a long lost portrait of Maggie just days before his arrival. Turns out their lives intersected in 1929, a year that changed everything for the three of them. It is a very compelling story."

Bookviews by Alan Caruba

"In a slice of Low Country life, Nicole Seitz introduces us to a group of old friends who discover the depth of life's true beauty. Inheritance weaves souls through a convergence that transcends the limits of mortals, and delivers us into the glorious fields of the divinely eternal."

Ric Cochran, on-air personality at V100.FM, Charleston, WV

From Pulishers Weekly
Harmony House assisted-care residents George and Maggie Jacobs have known each other for almost 80 years and lived, most of that time, in peace, despite Maggie's recent stroke. But when an oddly familiar new resident moves in, they're forced to confront the haunting events of their distant past. As children in 1920s Levy, S.C., their idyllic youth was interrupted by the arrival of a mysterious magician and his laconic son. They soon realize that he's there for a reason, and the dark secret he carries will leave one person dead, a house burned down, and all of their lives forever altered. Though George has lived with his long buried past, he decides, at 80, that it's time to return to South Carolina and face the truth...author Seitz (Saving Cicadas) easily inhabits her elderly characters and deftly juggles a large cast... (Feb.)

Publishers Weekly, 12/13/10

 

 

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